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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Disney's Frozen in real-life: Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2016

The annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival takes place in China's north-eastern province of Heilongjiang.

It's expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to see the sculptures.
The festival began in 1963 but was not held for many years before beginning again in 1985.
This year's theme is Pearl on the Crown of Ice & Snow...

A worker carves an ice sculpture
Workers have been putting the finishing touches to many of the sculptures.

Workers polish a snow sculpture, 23 December 2015
This large sculpture began to take shape in December as workers carved it out of the ice.

A worker polishes an ice sculpture
Here a worker polishes a delicate ice sculpture...

Workers polish an ice sculpture
....while others are lifted by crane to the top of one of the larger pieces on show.

Ice sculptures at Harbin
The ice is cut from the nearby river and teams from different countries take part in the event.

People visit ice sculptures ahead
At night, the ice is illuminated with colourful light that draws tourists from all over the world.

From CBBC Newsround

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